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Patrons get to decide which cocktail is Pasadena’s favorite during SIP-tember: a celebration of the cocktail in Pasadena. From August 15th through September 25th, local restaurants will serve cocktails that will be paired against each other in a competition. 64 cocktails, ranging from drinks specially concocted for the competition to margaritas and sangria, will begin the competition that will last six weeks and culminate in a live taste-off of the four drinks that win their bracket.
Brackets will be unveiled on the Pasadena Restaurant Week website on Wednesday, August 6th at 2pm. Which drinks will be paired against each other in competition? The 64 cocktails competing in 32 brackets will be available for viewing at the Pasadena Restaurant Week website at www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/vote on Wednesday, August 6th.
The first challenge will take place over two weeks and pit 32 pairs of cocktails against each other. Each week following the winners will be paired head-to-head with another winning cocktail until, on September 25th, the four finalists will be matched in a live tasting during the annual Taste of Pasadena hosted by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Voting in the cocktail bracket challenge goes live on Friday, August 15th.
Complete participant and cocktail information will be posted at www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com.
SIP-tember kicks off with a citywide cocktail party to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of the birth of America’s first celebrity chef and Pasadena’s own Julia Child. Coinciding with Happy Hour, the Julia Child Pasadena Cocktail Party on August 15th will take place in participating SIP-tember restaurants all over Pasadena, culminating in a citywide happy birthday toast at 7:00pm. Patrons will be encouraged to dress for a 1950s, 1960s or 1970s era cocktail party.